This is a shocking case of an investment dealer making a lowball offer to a widow who lost money through her advisor’s choice of risky investments and excessive trading, leading to high commissions. The ombudsman investigated the complaint and recommended compensation of $226,497 (including interest) to the client.
The firm did not agree with the recommendation, saying that she understood and accepted the risk in her portfolio, and offered her only $25,000. She declined.
The ombudsman was about to release a public report on the case when the firm raised its offer to $40,000. This was still a pittance, but the client had waited for months and felt she had no alternative but to take it. Meanwhile, the voluntary settlement prevented the ombudsman from releasing a report and naming the firm.
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